What I Read in 2018

2018 wasn’t a very effective year for me in terms of reading. Until October, I hadn’t read a single book all year. However, since then, I’ve so been enjoying getting back into the swing of reading. I’ve taken to spending my lunch breaks and train journeys with my face in a book instead of scrolling mindlessly on my phone, and I’m glad for it.

So, on that note, let’s chat about what I read in 2018.

Stack of books- Turtles all the way down, Unf*ck your habitat, the roanoke girls, you do you

The plot centres around Lane Roanoke, a 15-year-old who goes to live with her grandparents after her mother’s suicide. She begins to learn of unspoken dark truths about her mysterious family and finds out what it means to be a Roanoke girl. 11 years later, after her cousin goes missing, she is forced to go back. The present-day narrative is interspersed with flashbacks of Lane’s first summer with her grandparents, and entries from other Roanoke girls.

This book took me a couple of tries to get into; the first time, I managed about 50 pages and then fell out of the habit of reading. However, when I picked it up again in October, I was very quickly enthralled. This book sounds like your run-of-the-mill psychological thriller, à la anything by Gillian Flynn, but it had twists and turns that were far more thought-provoking than expected. A very well-executed addition to the genre. This page-turner had me staying up until the wee hours to finish it. Definitely worth a read.

4 Days in Amsterdam

4 Days in Amsterdam- Amsterdam canal houses

Amsterdam was always somewhere that was on my list of places to visit. So, when we (mostly me) decided to plan an autumn city break, Amsterdam was an easy decision.  

When I came back from this trip, I was so excited to write up a post on everything we did while we were over there.

And bam…a month later, here it is. No time like the present, eh?

We had never been to Amsterdam before, so we wanted to see all the major touristy, “just to say you’ve seen it” kind of places. What we ended up with was a trip full of lots of walking, lots of museums, and a whole lot of me stopping in the middle of roads to take photos of pretty buildings.

3 Ways to Wear Leopard Print

I remember when I was younger, I would look at leopard print clothing and think it was a bit tacky. My mind would always go to Janice from Friends. Now? All I can say is ‘OH. MY. GAWD’. Because I’m in love with leopard print.

And a good thing too, because animal print is everywhere this season. And I do mean EVERYWHERE. You would think the widespread ubiquity of leopard print might put me off. Well, you would be wrong. All it does it make me want to spend all of my money. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend has an intervention planned.

The Leopard Shirt

This beauty was my first foray into the world of animal print clothing. (Although as I say that out loud, and by that I mean type, it doesn’t quite sound correct. If anyone remembers me wearing leopard print clothing before this, please let me know and I can resign myself to the fact that my memory is clearly withering away.)

How to wear leopard print- leopard tie front shirt

The Outfit I Haven’t Stopped Wearing this Month

Aviator Jacket, Baker Boy Hat, Red Boots

 Outfit Details
Jacket- Tesco;  Jumper- ASOS;  Jeans- ASOS;  Boots- New Look (old, similar here);  Hat- Topshop; Bag- New Look (old, similar here

It’s 2018 folks! And it’s only taken me a month to get a new blog post up. Hey, my first post of last year was in March- I call that progress! I’ve been very silent here, and on social media, this month- a life update is probably in order, but for now let’s settle for a good old-fashioned ramble about clothes.

I treated myself to a few new pieces in the Christmas sales and I basically haven’t taken them off for the whole month of January. Partially, this is because this month’s weather has consisted of snow storms, rain storms and temperatures that make you want to add a second duvet to your bed and wonder how many pairs of Primark’s super-cosy socks you can feasibly wear at one time.  But mostly, it’s because together, they create an awesome combo that makes me feel super-cool. (Although, while I may feel cool, I will never actually be cool. Because I am the person who uses phrases like ‘super-cool’.) 

5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Much like everyone else on the internet, I've become more than slightly obsessed with podcasts. The playlist on my podcast app is ever increasing and I love listening to them when I'm pottering around the house or travelling to work. My taste in podcasts can vary rather a lot, so there's no real theme here beyond 'what I've been enjoying recently'. I've got so many new podcasts queued up to start listening to, and one day I might delve into more genre-specific lists, but for now, here's a brief list of some of the podcasts I've been listening to recently that I think are rather good.